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I'm approaching 30 now and I found a few habits are changing for me.

  1. I care less about being the best in competitive games and care more about spending gaming as a time to have fun and socialise with friends.

  2. I find games like Overwatch, Valorant, Counter Strike: Global Offensive really hard to have fun in as I don't have time to be competitive in them, so I tend to play games more like Grand Strategy (Europa Univeralis, Crusader Kings, Call To Arms, Steel Division) and also games like Cities Skylines, Railroad Empire, Microsoft Flight Simulator

  3. My vision on what I get out of gaming is different now, instead of being highly focused on becoming the top in a certain game, I value my gaming time based on how much enjoyment and fun I get from it.

I guess finally I feel nostalgic for the good ol' days, I grew up as a teenager when Halo 3 and Call of Duty 4 were mainstream and I had so many great memories playing them with friends.

Dave's avatar

I guess finally I feel nostalgic for the good ol' days, I grew up as a teenager when Halo 3 and Call of Duty 4 were mainstream and I had so many great memories playing them with friends.

Totally agree, those were great times, I was in my 20's but had what sounds like the same experience. Loved those few years on the 360.

I got really into Fortnite late last year, pretty much because everyone I know that still plays games (still has the time) are all on different platforms, and it's a nice simple fun game to play with friends (in zero build), catch up once or twice a week where we try and arrange to be on the same night each week we put aside. It's not really about the game as such, we arent that great at it, it's more of a social experience and theres not much else that is cross platform and simple and non serious enough that everyone can just play and have fun.

Vova's avatar

I'm over 30 and noticed I tend to value brevity a lot more than before. Since I have a lot less time to play, I gravitate towards shorter experiences and especially those that have the potential to stay with me after I finish playing. Like Night in the Woods, Pyre, TOEM, Abzu, telltale-like games.

I still love getting into big games from time to time, like the Marvel's Spider-Man games, Cyberpunk 2077 or more recently Marvel's Midnight Suns. But overall I feel indie games and shorter games just excite me more these days.

Michael's avatar
  1. I do not preorder games any more, burned too many times!

  2. I value multiplayer games that are a good excuse for me and my friends to just get together and chat a lot more highly these days.

  3. For single player, I look for polish. I'm a lot less patient with bugs, poor design and anything that gets in the way of immersion these days

Joel's avatar

My gaming habits have completely changed over time: in my younger days I'd bounce around and flit from one game to the next, then as a games journalist I basically had to play quite a lot of stuff (some in-depth, some just to get a flavour), and now the crushing realities of adult life mean that I maybe play one or two games per year, so I need to make sure that anything I can find time for is worthy of it.

jon j's avatar

Less time to spend, more money to spend!

jon j's avatar

the other interesting change related to age is how what your children play and what you start playing when you start playing together.

Lyn's avatar

I don't know that mine have, apart from a distinct lack of platformers in my regular rotation these days. I don't seem to have the reaction times I did as a youngling (although I can still smash Jill of the Jungle, muscle memory is strong).

I still tend to come later to games, waiting for sales for eg, but the games I lean to are still city builders/god games/building for the most part. I love a first person shooter but they start to feel a bit samey.

I am looking forward to Starfield, but at $119 Australian I'll be waiting a while to actually buy it!

Thomas's avatar

The time to money ratio has changed, and as a result I feel a lot more pressure to get through games than I used to. I used to generally not be able to buy new releases, so I'd spend a lot of time with a game before moving on to what I want next. Now, I'm playing through Tears of the Kingdom but other games I've been interested in, like Street Fighter 6 or FF16, have come out and I'm wondering if I'll ever actually get round to playing them

Alexander Thompson's avatar

I'm in my mid 40s and a lot of things have changed but which game genres i play has only changed a little.

  • I moved from home computer in the 80s/90s to PC to console and now console VR.

  • I definitely get more out of smaller games (AA sized or Indie) than the big AAA titles. You've got a better chance of experiencing something a bit different.

  • PvP is something I used to enjoy but is now a complete turnoff due to my slower reflexes and often toxic behaviour/communities.

  • I used to love open ended games and MMOs but now I need complete stories and interesting characters.

  • The biggest thing has been learning to love accessibility features as they have become more widely available. I don't have any particular issue, I'm just getting on a bit so disabling button mashing QTEs, screen shaking, making fonts a bit larger etc. have been invaluable to keeping up with my hobby.

  • But what I've found is that in some cases (like disabling QTEs) I don't even think of them as accessibility options, more like customisation options to let me play the game the way I want to and that lets me love the game more!

Thomas's avatar

PvP is something I used to enjoy but is now a complete turnoff due to my slower reflexes and often toxic behaviour/communities.

This has been a big one with me, too. During the 360 days I loved played games online, but I find them harder and harder to engage with now. Toxicity is a huge part of that, but also the fact that games are patched, rebalanced, and redesigned after launch means I find it hard to grab onto a game and feel like it's gonna remain something that I enjoy. Overwatch is the best example of this, where characters and mechanics that I enjoyed have been completely overhauled since it came out.

Philip's avatar

My first experience with video games was Lode Runner on an old Apple IIe.

I also played Alex the Kidd on Sega.

All sorts of basic games 1MB games that took hours to download over a dialup modem connection.

Donkey Kong, Killer Instinct, Mario Kart, Banjo Kazooie, with friends on the Nintendo.

Sim City, Fallout Tactics, Red Alert.

Smash Bros. Minecraft, Fallout series.

Mobile phone puzzle games.

No Man's Sky.

R

Hi all, first time posting.

The biggest change for me is that I have become very butterfly-like, fluttering from one thing to another. When younger, I guess I had to be more persistent, as I would get one game and that would have to last me weeks or maybe months before I got something else. I would replay the same things a lot, even just demos from magazine cover discs.

Nowadays though, I'm barely halfway through a game before I'm distracted by something else. Likely that comes from the ease of access we have today compared to yesteryear, with so many services allowing you free access to games, as well as having the disposable income to regularly spend on games.

As a result of this though, I do find myself very turned off by games that tried to encourage you to play forever. I have next to zero interest in games as a service games and open world games have to be something special to get their hooks in me.

I also find I play almost exclusively single player games. Multiplayer can be enjoyable with friends, but I suspect that is more to do with the social side rather than the games themselves. I rarely even consider multiplayer games without friends, although I have been playing quite a bit of Street Fighter VI recently. I would have been fine playing multiplayer in my 20s, but now in my mid-30s I just can't be bothered to keep up with the metas and have no interest in the toxicity that plagues most games.

Mark's avatar

I've found myself increasingly wary of micro-transactions.

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